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The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is expanding engine choices for customers with the addition of a new diesel engine that delivers up to 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.

Offered as an optional equipment on the Sport, Overland, and Rubicon trims, the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 engine boosts the new Gladiator’s off-roading credentials for the next model year.

This is Jeep’s way of keeping its promise to buyers when it declared that the diesel engine offered in the Wrangler would also be available in the Gladiator.

The engine, which is also offered in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, is expected to give the Gladiator better efficiency and a more impressive towing capability than the current 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 285 horsepower but only 260 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Jeep Gladiator on the road
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel is set to arrive at dealerships beginning the third quarter of this year. | Source: Jeep

It will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and configured specifically for low, off-roading speeds.

Official numbers are not yet available, but Jeep is optimistic the EcoDiesel Gladiator will deliver more range than its stablemates. To put into perspective, a diesel-powered Wrangler churns out 75 to 100 miles more than other engine options for the model. The Gladiator is expected to fall somewhere close to this range.

Additionally, the EcoDiesel should also deliver better fuel economy than the V6, similar to the Wrangler that has 5mpg more than its V6 counterpart in combined city and highway driving.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel is now open for preorders and is set to arrive at dealerships beginning the third quarter of this year.

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